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"Jammed" feeling toe (Read 3430 times)

    You've ruled out arthritis?  There's a thing called hallux rigidus/limitus that essentially means that there's some arthritis in the joint where the big toe connects to the foot (like where you get bunions).  Typical treatment is to limit hills and superflexible shoes, NSAIDs and, if necessary, a cortisone shot.  I discovered mine when I had an abdominal injury that relegated me to running at significant inclines on the treadmill.  All that bending caused a flareup.  I've had a couple cortisone shots with great success.  I have a great podiatrist (around a 3-hour marathoner) who diagnosed it immediately and backed it up with an x-ray that shows this funky bony thing on the joint.  He said maybe stiffer shoes would help, but recognized that those typically result in a hip injury (for me), but that other than that just do what I can.  Ironically, mine seems to get worse when I don't run.   

    awesomeman


      Hey. I have the exact same condition. I run a lot and play basketball. It hurts a lot on the joint, but the pain is sudden and goes away. Now my hip is starting to feel like it is a bruise, but I am not sure. Had this injury for around a year and it gets worse everytime I land on my toe awkwardly. It is also on my right big toe

      awesomeman


        I believe the hip thing has nothing to do with it, but these symptoms sound a lot like my injuries. What did your doctor say about the injury?

          I believe the hip thing has nothing to do with it, but these symptoms sound a lot like my injuries. What did your doctor say about the injury?

           

          About the toe, he said it is arthritis and likely to get worse over time until I need either surgery (cheilectomy), fusion, or a replacement joint.  I have had a few cortisone shots (never more than 2 in a year) which helps for a few months.  Other than that, I just keep trying to flex it to keep as much range of motion as possible.  It hurts constantly but it's no better when I don't run.

           

          About the hip, just to keep up with strengthening exercises.  The toe thing has screwed up my gait a little and I am one of those people that sometimes kicks themselves in the leg while running.

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